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In a dynamic new partnership with English National Ballet, XL Group, the global insurance and reinsurance group has announced it is to sponsor First Soloist with English National Ballet, Junor Souza.

Born in Brazil, Junor Souza joined English National Ballet in 2008, following his graduation from English National Ballet School. In 2010 he was promoted to First Artist and the following year to Junior Soloist. In September this year Souza was promoted to First Soloist. In 2014 Souza won the Emerging Dancer award, a competition that encourages young talent within English National Ballet chosen by a panel of eminent judges.

This season sees Souza partner Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director and Lead Principal at English National Ballet, as Prince Siegfried in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake, Franz in Coppelia and as the Prince in Wayne Eagling’s Nutcracker.

There are many parallels between XL Group and English National Ballet, both build on tradition through distinction, look to be relevant in a changing world, seek to recruit and develop top talent and strive for technical excellence.

Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director at English National Ballet said: “XL Group’s sponsorship of Junor will help to fulfil his potential and develop his career while raising his profile on both a UK and international stage.”

Nigel Bamber, Country Manager for XL Group’s insurance operations in the UK said: “This sponsorship really is a mutually supportive exercise which we hope will enable Junor to continue to follow his passion with this world-class ballet company. Mainstream sports sponsorships are popular in our marketplace so we are delighted to be lending our support to a discipline where art and athleticism meet.”

For further information, interview requests and images please contact Robert James, PR Manager at or call 020 7590 2933.

For further information about English National Ballet and to book tickets visit  Please note performance details are subject to change.

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